Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Mind's Eye: 50 Years of Photography by Jerry Uelsmann

On Wednesday night I was privileged to be able to attend the preview of the newest exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum, and to hear Jerry Uelsmann speak about this retrospective of his work.  Being able to hear him talk about how he began to consider photography differently, and how he creates his works in the darkroom gave added meaning to the show.

Bloomington, Indiana, 1958 Gelatin silver print 7 7/8 x 7 1/4 in.
We so enjoyed this exhibit, and I hope you will go there and see it for yourselves.  One thing we noticed is that the photos, while spectacular however you see them, are just much, much better when you see them in the show.  From the way they are mounted, to the manner in which they are lighted, to the groupings that you see, the exhibit is just a better way to view these unusual and creative works.

However, to pique your curiosity, here are a few images for you to consider.  All photos are by Jerry Uelsmann:

Untitled, 1966 Gelatin silver print 6 1/2 x 6 5/8 in  Used by permission of PEM.

 Untitled, 1964 Gelatin silver print 13 3/4 x 10 1/4 in  Used by permission of PEM. 

Untitled, 1959 Gelatin silver print 13 1/2 x 5 5/8 in  Used by permission of PEM. 

Mechanical Man #2, 1959 Gelatin silver print 12 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. used by permission of PEM

Untitled 1977, Gelatin silver print 13 1/8 x 10 5/8 in.  Used by permission of PEM.

Once again I can only exhort you to see this exhibit for yourselves.  You will not be disappointed.


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